July 1 is Canada Day, ironically I am writing this on July 4 which is USA’s national day.
Allow me to say that over the years of travels to the United States, and interactions with some fellow bloggers in the USA, my fondness for their nation keeps improving. I know that my family tree is on both sides of the Canada/USA border as two brothers immigrated to New York in the early 1900’s, one brother stayed in the US, and the other went to and stayed in Canada. As a result, it seems natural that I like the USA, but my heart is Canadian as this is my home that I love and am proud of.
This Canada Day was especially memorable as my yard is flourishing with flowers, and we added a Canadian flag to hang from our front deck at our home. It looked grand!
Later in the day, we took it to the beach and my wife, son and I took turns posing with the flag with Skaha lake in the background. We have never done that before and we enjoyed it.
My home city, Penticton, I am informed, is one of only two cities in the world that is located between two different lakes. Canada Day here is celebrated with much public fanfare. In a park downtown there is bandshell and all day long the bandshell hosts different types of music and entertainment from belly dancing to scottish highland dancing. Of course there are food trucks everywhere and after the grand opening there is free cake!
During the opening ceremony, we citizens stand and sing O Canada, and recognize the indigenous people and their culture. At night the boats and beaches are full as the light is lit up with fireworks, as I know it will be tonight all over in the USA.
In Ottawa, the national capital for Canada, there is a huge party on July 1 – click here to hear The Nylons sing O Canada
Every country has it’s national day, and hopefully you will enjoy yours especially this year, as I did mine.
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